How to Plumb in a Shower


It is a short and simple process to plumb your shower drain. It will require that you pay close attention, because detail is important when plumbing in a shower. However, if you follow a plan correctly, you will be able to install a new shower drain just like any professional. All you need are some common tools for construction and a good plan.

Things You'll Need

  • Fiberglass shower pan
  • Drain spud
  • Saber
  • Rubber drain gasket
  • Spud wrench
  • Hammer
  • Level
  • Place the shower's floor pan into your built frame to figure out a drain hole location. Ensure the pan is facing the correct direction. Mark where the drain will go, using a pencil.

  • Remove the pan from the frame. Cut the marked hole with a saber; it must be a little wider than the opening in your pan. Run the plumbing through the concrete gap if you intend to set the shower right into a concrete floor.

  • Insert the drain spud into the pan. Thread the spud, using the spud nut. The best tool to use for threading spuds is a spud wrench. Thread it gently until you feel it attach snugly.

  • Level and set your pan into the frame. Seal the space between the spud and the pan with a rubber gasket. Use a packing iron and a hammer for best results. Do not use lubrication on the gasket.

  • Place the drain guard on top of the drain. Depending on your guard, you may need to pop or screw it in or it may simply rest there.

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  • "Plumbing: Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Projects;" Merle Henkenius; 2002
  • "Home How-to Handbook: Plumbing;" Rick Peters; 2006
  • Photo Credit Shower image by Semfamily from
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